Hamline News

Spring Break Trip with a National Impact

For many students, spring break is a time to travel to tropical and sunny vacation spots and take a break from the pressures and expectations of being a college student. Four groups of Hamline students, however, are looking at service and social justice on a national scale as they travel across the country to work with communities in need.

The annual Catalyst Alternative Spring Break Trips are offered through the Wesley Center for Spirituality, Service, and Social Justice as a high-impact learning experience for students to reflect on the role of community while engaging in community service. Every day, students learn from a new organizations or community leaders that specialize in the topic of their trip, and then students will spend the day giving back to the community. This will be followed by reflection so that students can talk about their experience with their peers.

The different groups tackle specific social justice issues linked to the sites they are visiting. The group of students visiting Washington D.C. will be breaking down the stigma of homelessness with the 48 Hour Homeless Challenge. Students traveling to Phoenix will explore the American dream as it applies to immigrant populations. The trip to Chicago will focus on youth intervention programs. The students visiting Detroit will look into how art plays a role in community.

There are about 12 students in every group accompanied by two student leaders and one resource person from Hamline University. The staff resource person will be present and available for safety concerns throughout the trip. These groups left on March 17 by means of airplane, van, or bus.

Read what students have to say about their eye-opening and emotional experiences during the trip on the Catalyst blog. You can learn more about the Catalyst Alternative Spring Break Trips on the Wesley Center page.